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Why You Should Know About The French 5-Piece Wardrobe

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Capsule or  “mini wardrobes” are all the rage right now, but they are not for everyone. A capsule wardrobe is defined as a mini wardrobe, generally composed of around 30 versatile items, that you love to wear. I have experimented with creating my own and I have loved how easy it is to get dressed, but I will admit that I like more variety and get restless for change each season.

Enter, the French 5-Piece Wardrobe! The guidelines are easy: Edit your closet down to quality basics that fit and flatter and then limit your purchases to five non-basic items each season to keep your wardrobe feeling fresh and current. 

The French Five Piece Wardrobe, the perfect mini wardrobe.

Since you are encouraged to invest in only a handful of new purchases each season, you will likely be more thoughtful and less impulsive about what you splurge on. The result is less money wasted and a wardrobe you love and take care of, with some room to grow as trends or your interests evolve. I love this idea because it takes the constrained capsule wardrobe concept and adds a bit of fun and flexibility.

A capsule wardrobe is defined as a mini wardrobe, composed of around 30 versatile items, that you love to wear.

This spring I gave it a whirl and bought myself a leather cross-body tote, a pair of wedge sandals, a motorcycle jacket (my big splurge!) and a few new tops. I love how just a few new items totally freshen up my small wardrobe and I’m already daydreaming about what fun pieces I will add for summer.

Have you ever experimented with a capsule collection or the French 5-Piece Wardrobe? Would love to know how it’s working for you!

P.S. If you’re ready to edit and streamline your closet, my Virtual Closet Makeover Program is now available as a self study course! Click HERE.

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2 comments on “Why You Should Know About The French 5-Piece Wardrobe

  1. Wonderful post – I flat out love the capsule approach! (Our closets look like they could be pen pals.) With the capsule wardrobe, I haven’t skipped a beat and now love how everything goes with everything else. I could practically put myself together in the morning with my eyes closed. (Which, let’s be honest, is kind of what happens most mornings until my coffee…)

    If you’d like to take a peek, I wrote about my capsule wardrobe approach here when I travel: http://roseandfig.com/how-to-pack-light/

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